Enigmatic Japanese composer Yakkami brings us his first Nishi release. "From 605" is a five track e.p. full of glitchy ambiences verging on dub at some points. All in all, a lovely debut from our newest member. Thanks, Yakkami! Topics: Yakkami, electronic, ambient, glitch, dub, experimental
Longtime member Cagey House returns to Nishi with a new 11 track release for us. "Model City" is a delightful album full of playful melodies in his distinctive style. Welcome back, Cagey! favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Cagey House, electronic, melodic electronica
Canadian Nishi veteran Holzkopf originally released his double EP "Epilepsy Circle" as "Sum(n) Gun(m) Kicked Under the Table with Epilepsy" and "A Circle is a Natural Shape" on CD in very limited numbers from nOnCapable Recordings, and in mp3 form on Severed Digit Recordings. The CDs were sold out long ago, and Severed Digit no longer exists, but we've given these tracks a new home. Ten tracks ranging from breakcore/hip-hop to ambient chimes and drones. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: breakcore, experimental, noise, ambient, drones, avant garde, avantgarde
Prolific German composer Siegmar Fricke has been active in the electronic music scene since the 1980's. His first Nishi release, "Orthotic", is a four track EP in the abstract style he calls "Pharmakustik". Eschewing preset-sounds, melodies and familiar song-structures, Pharmakustik instead consists of reduced and syncopated rhythmic patterns, and clinically filtered ambiences. "Mechanical debridements on microscopic rhythmo-fissures. Antimicrobial lavage, transverse... Topics: ambient, minimal, pharmakustik
"Chaptire Premier" is a dark electro EP from Nishi newcomers Nth Synthesis. Nth Synthesis is an international collaboration project between musicians and video artists Pierce Warnecke of the United States and Romain Serrate of France. Five songs, some brand new, some revamped, all glitched out noir electro just for you. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: electro, dark electro, idm, glitch, collaboration
Matt Kenefick's Nishi debut is a time-frozen journey through a compactified space of empty structure. These tracks feature micro-scale processing, synthetic and processed vocal textures, convolution and other spectral transformations, blended with metal/wood percussion and chimerical string/pipe/tube syntheses generated by physical-modeling. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: ambient, experimental, drone, textural
Following up on her recent contribution to Nishi 100, Samarah’s “Robots Smile Too” features self-contained bursts of glitch-pop and minimal techno with slinky bass lines and catchy melodies while maintaining her trademark sultry vocals, textural cuts and displaced beat sensibility. Topics: Electronic, IDM, Glitch, Downtempo
K.D. Expression returns to Nishi with a nine track album this time. "For the Broken Heart from Collapsed Dreams" is a well developed and rich mixture of epic sounds, driving beats and haunting moods. This release aptly includes a bonus track from K.D.'s side project, "Deadline". favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Rich.vom.Dorf. returns to Nishi with a five track album follow up to his 'Misinterpret Yourself' It has his trademark rhythmic playfulness and catchy melodies, and is perhaps a touch more upbeat and dense than his previous album. Topics: electronic, electro, electropop
Court of Hidden Faces, who some of you may remember from the Nishi 100 compilation, returns with a delicate 4 track release. The only sound sources for these tracks were an electric guitar, crackle from the amp, and a recording of rain. Slow-paced and hypnotic. Topics: ambient, experimental, drone, textural
An astonishing concept driven album that traverses the spectrum of electronic music. Split into four groups of three tracks, with each group related to a cardinal point of the compass. These are lucid and complex compositions that travel between electro and ambient, with glitch flourishes. favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: idm, electronic, chill, ambient
If you ever thought that electronic music ought to have more guitar solos, you are about to be vindicated. N!N!N!'s fretboard wizardry alternates between weaving among RahMoonAhs' intricate digital soundscapes and soaring above them, and the results are chaotic, eclectic and beautiful.
Patrick Wiklacz continues to indulge his (and our) fascinations with classic science fiction and analog synthesizers, at the intersection of the past and the future. This score for an imaginary sci-fi movie incorporates all manner of otherworldly noises in alien configurations, synthesized and saturated, chilling despite their warmth. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Sometimes we like to be soothed by abstract soundscapes and intricate rhythms. For the other times, Berlin-based elektrockers Zirkulardynamik are here to dial up some serious aggression. This live recording captures the full force of their feedback-heavy take on industrial techno/rock.
Although considerably darker than his previous work for Nishi (which was somewhat overcast to begin with), "Pleasures" is still infused with the insistent synth lines and strident beats we have come to expect from K.D. Expression.
Not many artists take the trouble to ensure that each track on an album lasts an exact whole number of minutes, but that's the kind of attention to detail you can expect from Restive. From the synth washes and sporadic clicks of opener "aguirre" to the digital snowstorm of "chillwindz", via the jigsaw-like rhythmic interplay of "bouncebeats" and "brainloops", this album is a compelling example of electronic music off the beaten track. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Alternating between rhythmic pieces ("Trickle Down Side Stick Mix"), manipulations of homemade sounds ("Rubber TV") and good old-fashioned drones ("Recycled RM"), and featuring an excerpt from the epic "Trash Everest" (in Thomas' own words: "to take something small or ordinary and make it sound much larger than it is"), "Hunting Collecting" features all the variation and intrigue we have come to expect from the busiest man in netlabels.
Yes, Nishi has reached its 100th release. To celebrate, we asked some past, present and future artists to submit tracks for a compilation album. The result is almost 3 hours of music spanning dozens of genres, styles and moods (not to mention several continents). Between the sublime washes from Pocka and Ambient Field, the dark glitch-pop of Samarah and John Tennant, and the relentless pounding of Elektro Punc and Sascha Müller, and everything in between, there really should be something for... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Jazz cross-bred with electronica... nnnnnnnice! But don't be put off by "the J word"; Andy Selby's virtual ensemble avoid self-indulgent noodling and create a catchy, coherent set of tracks. Synthetic bass and brass, ethereal e-piano and intricately sliced drums: something cool for these hot summer days. Topics: Electronic, Electronica, Jazz
Brad Mitchell's new 3 track EP is a fine display of covertly tuneful ambient music. "Where The Deals Are Now" buries itself under fuzzy, sporadic outbursts; "Our Hell Is This Song" somehow avoids collapsing into a sea of distortion; "Moritzlaker" drifts between squealing feedback and pulsating hypnotism. Topics: Electronic, Ambient, Abstract
Zacheta transcribes a live performance in Warsaw, and is all about minimalism and abstractness, with all manner of drones, blips and scrapes orbiting each other. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Proving that there's still goodness to be had from the humble vocoder, and that ICQ is a powerful medium of communication, this Brazilian duo give us nine tracks of irresistibly adventurous and ambitious pop music. Expect layers of bright electronics, alternating with uncompromisingly fuzzy guitars.
In which Andrew Latham, better known as Mayfairgrin, lets off some steam. From the blissful ambience of opening track "Psybuuria" to the thundering three-part epic "Narrow", and the varying degrees of what comes inbetween, Phearofobia is a study in harshness and relentlessness. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
If you're not already familiar with Thomas Park's work, may we be the first to welcome you to the netlabel scene. Mystified is back for a second Nishi release, this time drawing on field recordings and homemade sounds to create his patented blend of beats and atmospheres. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Key phrase: "order in chaos". Solid, crunchy, almost hip-hop-esque rhythms underpin the expansive glitches and pads on this EP from Russia, but a healthy dose of unpredictability is retained. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Glitchy polyrhythms from Russia. Oleg Semenovyh's tours of the post-IDM landscape are unpredictable and minutely detailed, encompassing all manner of sound sources. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
The latest Ukrainian artist to join our party presents three circling soundscapes. All of these untitled pieces are fascinating and unsettling to various degrees, with the repetitive chatter of "Track04" being particularly haunting.
A little uncompromising d'n'b to get you moving through the long winter nights. This Austrian duo lay down four storming slabs of syncopation, to be played as loud as possible. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Proving that quality and quantity needn't be mutually exclusive, netlabel superstar Mystified adds his first release for Nishi to his already extensive portfolio. Covering all bases from brooding, pitch-black drones to skewed rhythmic explorations, you never quite know what direction the music is going to take next. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Electronic, Ambient, Abstract
An enigmatic EP from an enigmatic artist. The breaks and melodies are slick and flawlessly produced, never dirtier nor cleaner than they need to be. The overall atmosphere is compelling and uplifting, but it can get rather dark in the shadows. Topic: Electronic
Vancouver's Pino The Frog is practically one of the family. For his third Nishi release, he treats us to more of his unique brand of digital obfuscation. Melodies and rhythms shine almost imperceptibly through layers of arbitrary complexity. This may well be the last you hear from Pino The Frog, at least under that alias, so don't miss it. Topics: Electronic, Ambient/noise, Abstract
The man behind the Stasisfield netlabel gives us his "possible soundtrack" for Walter M. Miller, Jr's science fiction novel. These fine-grained soundscapes are sure to evoke vivid mental images of a post-apocalyptic world, whether you're familiar with the book or not. Charting the fall, rise and fall of mankind. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Electronic, Ambient
Seamlessly fusing elements of ambient and drum 'n' bass, this 4-track EP from the Netherlands is packed full of frantic breaks and instantly familiar synth hooks, but never hesitates to make room for blissful washes and pads. Like all the best music, "juxtaposition" is the key word. Delicate yet uncompromising. Topics: Drum & Bass, Electronic, Ambient
This 9-man juggernaut has already been tearing up the German festival circuit with their über-aggressive take on electronic industrial techno punk rock, and now they're here to do much the same thing on your hard disks. Angular guitars, relentless beats and synths, shouted vocals (auf Deutsch, natürlich), and even a didgeridoo battle it out for your frenetic enjoyment.
The title track is a study in relentless pads, cyclic bass, clicky minimal rhythms, and the odd ethereal swoosh. On the flipside, Cardiogram is a slightly dubbier affair, bringing the heartbeat-like bass to the foreground and underpinning it with clicks and sporadic pads. Just the kind of understated melodic ambience we know you love so much, with the perfect balance between progression and repetition.
A month in 36 minutes: one track for each day of July 2005. Blue T-Shirt cooks up a smorgasbord of electronic styles and moods. Track 5 has barely begun when it dissolves into swathes of reverb; track 12 could be the soundtrack to the world's shortest film; track 10 is a chaotic flurry of filthy drums and slurred synths; the final track is a sprawling slab of ambience weighing in at a lengthy 4:56. But you really need to listen for yourself to pick out your own favourites. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Ambient, Electronic, IDM, Eclectic
A superlative demonstration of textural guitar playing, and of ambient/drone music in general. Three tracks of epic washes evolving from constantly twisting six-string improvisations, bookended by three tracks of more straightforward (but no less satisfying) drones. An essential download if you like your ambient spaces to breathe and emote. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Ambient, Drone
Warm music from cold climates. Mombus gives us six miniature instrumental pop classics, sweetly melodic and catchy but never twee or tacky. They jump around too much to fit into any particular pigeon-hole, but fans of electronica, IDM, post-rock, synth-pop, folktronica etc won't want to miss this one. If you don't end up humming these tunes to yourself for the next few weeks, you have no soul. favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Resolute by Dave Seagrim is a masterclass in building and releasing tension. Five adventurous anthems which are as suited to the armchair as to the dancefloor. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Dutch/German duo Monokit offer up an album of compact emotional atmospheres. Monolyth allows you to explore 17 landscapes, ranging from the comforting to the unfaimilar to the downright unsettling, and still be back home within the hour. Topics: Electronic, Ambient, Melodic Electronica
Field , the sophomore Nishi release from Nikita , continues the theme of minimal rhythms established first time round . Glitches and microscopic precision never sounded so soulful. Topics: Electronic, Minimalism, Glitch
We're pleased to welcome prolific noisemerchant Chefkirk to our extended family. You'll be forgiven for thinking that each of the tracks on Label Other End is actually an entire album played at breakneck speed; an impressively frenetic display of order collapsing into chaos, and vice versa. Topics: Electronic, Noise, Abstract
Grainy improvised post-rock is the order of the day from Subpoint Disaster. In Travels Across Gray Areas, the reverb, recording noise and general atmosphere share center-stage with the sparse guitar/bass/drums instrumentation. Topics: Electronic, Ambient/noise, Post-Rock
"Hi, I'm yesterday, and today I'm looking for tomorrow." Ola Calma by Maina is an intoxicating blend of vocal and electronic experimentalism, which shifts frequently and effortlessly between calm and aggression. Topics: Electronic, Vocal, Experimental
Up to now, no Nishi artists have had their music featured on an extreme sports DVD (correct me if I'm wrong!) But Mistrust is here to change that. Making Movies EP is "drift music" which never coasts on autopilot, down-tempo compositions which refuse to be caught napping. Topics: Electronic, Techno, Down beat / Chill, downtempo
The title isn't the only intriguing thing about Petting 1: Everything Minor (And A Scratch) by Yeah Pretty Boy. Finest ambient music peppered with an array of spikes and hooks which are sure to snag you and refuse to let go. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Electronic, Ambient, Abstract
Lovers of smooth incandescent drones will instantly warm to Phyle's Earth. Glacially slow yet frothing with turbulence, these three monolithic soundscapes could come from a distant nebula. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Electronic, Ambient, Drones